Washington County

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Washington County, Georgia was formed in 1784 by the Georgia Legislature, and the county seat, Sandersville, began at the crossing of two Indian trails. Over the course of its long and storied history, the county has seen a prosperous agricultural period when "cotton was king," a declinein profitable farming that stunted the county's growth and economy, and a resurgence in productivity and a boost to the local economy with the mining of kaolin. Today, there are six processing plants and numerous mines attracting scientists and geologists from many countries. Washington Countians continue to enjoy the peace and tranquility of a rural lifestyle while looking ahead to a promising future.
ISBN: 9780738515670
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Georgia
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Included in Images of America: Washington County are vintage photographs depicting the community in earlier days. Members of the Washington County Historical Society have compiled this unique collection as a tribute to the residents of the area, including two Georgia governors: Jared Irwin and Thomas Hardwick. Other notable past residents include Louis Cohen, who started the first Sandersville Railroad, a bank, and mercantile stores; Ben Tarbutton Sr., who welcomed the kaolin industry in the mid-20th century; Elijah Poole Mohammed, leader of the Nation of Islam, who was born near Deepstep; and the Gordy family of Motown music fame. Both famous and everyday men and women are celebrated within these pages, in a retrospective that is sure to delight longtime county residents as well as new ones.
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